A Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Warri, Delta State, has dismissed a basic rights enforcement software by Authorities Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, difficult the freezing of his account and threats of arrest by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee.
Justice E. A. Obile upheld the preliminary objection by the EFCC and struck out the matter on the grounds that it couldn’t sit on enchantment over an order made by a Lagos State Excessive Court docket, and couldn’t additionally restrain the EFCC from inviting or prosecuting the candidates.
The EFCC had frozen a checking account allegedly belonging to Tompolo in Could.
It was learnt that the anti-graft company discovered N3bn within the account and had frozen it pending the end result of court docket processes.
A detective on the anti-graft company who spoke to our correspondent on the situation of anonymity, stated, “Throughout investigations into the fraud at NIMASA (Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Company), we traced about N3bn to a checking account which is owned by Tompolo.
“The account has since been frozen in accordance with Part 34 (1) of the EFCC Act 2004 which empowers the fee to freeze any account suspected of getting used for monetary crimes.”
Tompolo, who has been on the run since February, was arraigned in absentia alongside a former Director-Common of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and the latter’s six brothers on April 18, 2016 over an alleged N47.7bn fraud.
The anti-graft company had arraigned the suspects earlier than a Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos on 22 counts bordering on fraud, conversion of cash and forgery.
The EFCC in cost quantity FHC/L/C/31c/2016, alleged that the accused individuals had someday in 2014, inside the jurisdiction of the courtroom with an intent to defraud, conspired amongst themselves and obtained the entire sum of N47,683,464,822 from the Federal Authorities.
The accused individuals additionally alleged to have between Could 6, 2014, and December 2, 2014, cast and uttered a Certificates of Customary Rights of Occupancy of the outdated Bendel State of Nigeria, and purportedly issued identical to NIMASA, claiming that it was issued by the Warri South Native Authorities Council, Delta State, to the unfairness of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria.
They had been additionally alleged to have acquired sum of N11,900,000,000 from the Federal Authorities, by falsely pretending that each one the land and its appurtenances mendacity and located at Mieka Diva Coaching Institute, Kurutie, Warri South council space Delta State, be acquired by the NIMASA, for the non permanent campus of Nigerian Maritime College, Okerenkoko, Warri South, council space is from encumbrance.
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